Books: Promise from the Heartland

THE ANATOMY LESSON AND OTHER STORIES (214 pp.)—Evan S. Connell Jr.

—Viking ($3.50).

Opening a collection of short stories by a new writer is often like dipping into a sample box of chocolates : the unwary are apt to be brought down by a surfeit of soft centers or too many brandied cherries. In this book there is no such hazard. Its eleven stories are all rock-hard and novel in flavor.

Author Connells most frequent theme is the failure of human beings to communicate with one another. In the title story, a dusty professor in...

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